SEC announces league champion after canceling 2020 SEC Tournament
If you missed the big news of the day, the Southeastern Conference has announced the 2020 SEC Tournament has been canceled due to concerns regarding the coronavirus.
This news comes after the opening round of the tournament was held on Wednesday evening, which featured Georgia beating Ole Miss 81-63 and Arkansas beating Vanderbilt 86-73.
With the tournament being canceled, the league has announced regular-season champion Kentucky has been given the league’s automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
Here’s the full statement issued by the SEC on Thursday explaining the cancelation of the tournament and awarding Kentucky the league title:
Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Southeastern Conference today announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville.
“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”
The SEC’s regular season champion, the University of Kentucky, will be awarded the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The SEC will provide additional updates on other scheduled SEC championship events as they become available. The SEC reminds everyone to be attentive to everyday preventive actions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).